The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited the newly retaken city of Kherson, thanking troops and residents for their courage, and singing the Ukrainian anthem as his country’s flag was raised.
“We are ready for peace, for the whole country” he said – warning there was still a long and difficult path ahead.
Kherson was captured in March just weeks after Russia’s full scale invasion, the only regional capital which Moscow managed to occupy.
But with their supply lines increasingly cut off, Russian forces were forced to abandon the city – fleeing to the other side of the Dnipro river.
By Friday Ukrainian forces were back in control.
Producer: Heidi Pett
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